It had been 616 days since his last regular season game, and the wait was worth it. In part due to a concussion that forced Vontaze Burfict to exit the game, Bengals linebacker Emmanuel Lamur was given an opportunity to increase his overall production. When the game was over, Lamur lead the team with 11 tackles, picked off a Joe Flacco pass in the third quarter and added another pass deflection.
Considering that he spent the entire 2013 season on injured reserve with a torn shoulder labrum, Lamur feels exceptionally grateful to be back on the field.
"It’s a blessing being on that field, looking up in the sky, praying to God," said Lamur after the game. "I was getting a little emotional out there. I've been given a second life. I’m just enjoying the game, having fun with my boys, just going out there and trying to win games."
With 8:45 remaining in the third quarter, Lamur jumped a poorly thrown Joe Flacco pass (well behind Owen Daniels) to record his first career interception.
"I read my keys. Coach (Paul Guenther) called a great play," said Lamur. "I read the quarterback’s eyes, broke on the ball, and executed the play."